Christian Dior: Sometimes a faint ring of the familiar and a modicum of restraint herald the fabulous. While neither John Galliano’s most original outing for Christian Dior nor his most outrageous, the collection the designer showed for the house on Wednesday was glorious nonetheless, filled with the kind of deliciously sexy clothes that make a woman start to fantasize about her parallel life as a glamour diva.

The clothes were gorgeous — and commercial, to boot. All right. Perhaps a gold lamé bikini worn with piles of diamonds and a suede-and-sable jacket cover-up is not for your average day at the beach. (Then again, maybe you’re not hitting the right beach.)But Galliano has always been about starting with the merely breathtaking — a remarkable jacket or evening dress — and transporting it into an extraordinary context, knowing full well that his women understand how to wear it. He wants to entertain us while showering wearable wonders on his clients, and if we lose the forest for the trees, that’s our problem.

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